Ever since I sent a second laptop to the grave this past April, I've been saving money (and dying inside all along the way /w the missing of crucial deadlines :() to try and get a computer that WON'T burn out from my around the clock use of Aftereffects, Flash, and all the other big pieces of software I use to make my projects.
But I've been a bit lost on the specs and wheter or not I'm "overkilling" it to try and go for something of a "gamer" PC.
The one that lasted me the longest was a Dell laptop with 4GB of RAM-it was never perfect, there was still plenty of crashes and slow downs along the way. Before that a 2GB Acer fried..on that note, I want something that will LAST me, and allow me to run the programs in my arsenal with little to no worry.
Here's a rundown of software I typically use:
[*]Adobe Flash (I cleanup my paper drawings, and inbetween them-I then export the frames as PNG, ends up being thousands of frames).
[*]Adobe Audition (I record, edit, and mix together voiceover, music, and sfx here)
[*]Adobe Photoshop (I create title graphics, etc., paint backgrounds and stuff here-the usual still art related stuff)
[*]FL Studio (I compose, and score music and sfx to the rendered video here)
[*]Adobe Aftereffects (Essentially where I "finish" any of my projects, as I mix everything the seperate programs rendered together here and render them to a final ready to upload product BY FAR THE MOST CRASH PRONE DEMANDING PART EVERY DAMN TIME-this is the HIGHLIGHT of why I want a good PC)
That's me in a nutshell, all my work is 2-d, so I don't have much of a demand for specs that a Max or Maya would require (though I guess the "just in case" potential is always good but I can't go much higher than $500-600 in budget).
Plus, as for a "gaming" PC-I'm a pretty dedicated console guy (/w the exception of Team Fortress 2), I'm not losing sight on what this REALLY is:An animation PC.
Thanks for the read and any assistance, curious to hear what rigs any others may have. I used to just be able to work on the computers at my former college, but those days are over a year behind me by now and I've just got myself at home to turn to. Thanks!
P.S....I honestly don't want to hear "build your own" again unless it's a fast method. I've been inactive in my weekly upload schedule for two months now (one of which I DO get paid for and have lost out on some good revenue :() so I want to come back as soon as I can. Thank you!